Saturday, December 5, 2015

Weekly Digest: Jobs numbers, patient safety measures, climate change answers, and more

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Good news: U.S. economy adds another 211,000 jobs
CNN Money // Patrick Gillespie

The jobs gains exceeded expectations. Economists surveyed by CNNMoney predicted there would be 192,000 jobs added. The unemployment rate stayed steady at 5%, its lowest level since 2008.

How Often Do Mass Shootings Occur? On Average, Every Day, Records Show
The New York Times // Sharon LaFraniere, Sara Cohen, Richard A. Oppel Jr.

In 209 out of 336 days this year, at least one shooting left four or more people injured or dead in the United States, according to compilations of incidents derived from news reports.

HHS says patient safety efforts have saved 87,000 lives, $20 billion
The Washington Post // Lena H. Sun

Patient safety measures that reward hospitals for reducing preventable infections, pressure ulcers and adverse drug reactions have resulted in a 17 percent decline in these types of patient harms between 2010 and 2014, according to a federal report released Tuesday.

Short Answers to Hard Questions About Climate Change
The New York Times // Justin Gillis

The issue can be overwhelming. The science is complicated. Predictions about the fate of the planet carry endless caveats and asterisks. We get it.

Two-Thirds of Americans Want U.S. to Join Climate Change Pact
The New York Times // Giovanni Russonello

A solid majority of Americans say the United States should join an international treaty to limit the impact of global warming, but on this and other climate-related questions, opinion divides sharply along partisan lines, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll.

Obama's quiet transgender revolution
The Washington Post // Juliet Eilperin

Years before the White House was lit in rainbow colors celebrating the Supreme Court's decision legalizing same-sex marriage, President Obama used a routine bureaucratic tool that ended up significantly changing the government's understanding of gender and how it can be changed.

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